“As rabbis, we support the agreement,” the letter begins. Signed by 340 rabbis from “all streams of Judaism,” many of them identified with progressive causes, the letter was publicized Monday by the left-wing Zionist group Ameinu, which says it promotes “a progressive Israel and a just America.”
The letter urges the House of Representatives and Senate to endorse the agreement.
Noting that “we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement,” the letter states, “We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord.”
In a news release issued by Ameinu, one of the letter’s signatories, Rabbi Steven Bob of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is quoted as saying, “We commend the US and the other negotiating teams for their dedication to reaching an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. This deal is good for the United States and our allies in the region, and is the best arrangement possible given current international realities.”
Rabbi Samuel Gordon of Wilmette, Illinois, said in the news release that if Congress rejects the deal, “the consequences for the United States, Israel, the Jewish community and the world will be significant.
“We fear that the outcome will be the collapse of the international sanctions regime, an Iranian race for nuclear weapons and an associated arms race in the Middle East and isolation of Israel and the United States from international partners,” Gordon said.
Numerous American Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee, have publicly opposed the accord. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is lobbying Congress to reject the deal and has spent millions of dollars in its campaign. Read more at Times of Israel.